NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 23 Div I Men's Championship - Sweet Sixteen - Villanova v West Virginia BOSTON, MA - MARCH 23: The March Madness logo at center court of the TD Garden before the fans arrive. During the Villanova Wildcats game against West Virginia Mountaineers at TD Garden on March 23, 2018 in Boston, MA.(Photo by Michael Tureski/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Prospects to Watch This Season in College Basketball

You may not know it from looking at us, but we are huge college basketball fans here at MMITM. Zander and I were talking about some things to watch for this upcoming season and it got me thinking, in this world of one and dones, which freshmen should we be watching this season? There are plenty of other players I could have put here, but I wanted to keep the list to five players so please don’t be upset with my list (or do, I will sleep just fine either way).

Romeo Langford: Indiana University

Pos: SG     Height: 6’5     Weight: 191 lbs

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: APR 08 Jordan Brand Classic BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 08: Jordan Brand Classic Home Team guard Romeo Langford (9) during the second half of the Jordan Brand Classic on April 8, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: APR 08 Jordan Brand Classic BROOKLYN, NY – APRIL 08: Jordan Brand Classic Home Team guard Romeo Langford (9) during the second half of the Jordan Brand Classic on April 8, 2018, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn,NY. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Regarded as on the states most highly anticipated prospects, who some have even called one of the best Indiana prospects of all time, Langford chose to stay home and play ball for Archie Mille and the Hoosiers. A possible one and done type of player who could be a lottery pick in next year’s NBA Draft, Langford will hope to make good on his time in Bloomington. It would be shocking if Langford did not start right away for IU this fall with everything he brings to the table. His length and stride makes running the court look effortless as he soars to the rim for an easy slam. Langford is scrappy and plays hard each possession and gets after his own misses on the glass. Langford is a slashing, warrior of a SG who is not afraid of taking anyone one on one to the rim and will jump with the best of them. Simply put, he is really, really athletic. If Miller uses Langford right this fall, IU could be in for a surprisingly fun season.

Darius Garland: Vanderbilt University

Pos: PG     Height: 6’3     Weight: 170 lbs

Basketball - The Jordan Brand Classic 2018 NEW YORK, NEW YORK - April 08: Darius Garland #10 Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN in action during the Jordan Brand Classic, National Boys Teams All-Star basketball game. The Jordan Brand Classic showcases the best male and female high school basketball players who compete in the exhibition games at the The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York on April 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
Basketball – The Jordan Brand Classic 2018 NEW YORK, NEW YORK – April 08: Darius Garland #10 Brentwood Academy, Brentwood, TN in action during the Jordan Brand Classic, National Boys Teams All-Star basketball game. The Jordan Brand Classic showcases the best male and female high school basketball players who compete in the exhibition games at the The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York on April 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Arguably the biggest commitment Bryce Drew has penned as the coach of the Commodores, Garland, a Nashville local, could have gone to Duke and been a part of their star-studded class but chose to stay home. The PG has incredible athleticism with the tools to be a top PG in SEC next season. He is a quick player with the ability to slash to the rim, hit a big three, and has impressive court vision. Vanderbilt will be itching to get Garland and fellow top prospect Simisola Shittu (6’9 220lbs PF) on the court this fall. Could this help Vanderbilt compete in the east the season with the likes of UK and Florida, who always have strong teams? This will be one player and one team to watch this season, especially in conference play.

R.J. Barrett: Duke University

Pos: PG     Height: 6’7     Weight: 200 lbs

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: JAN 15 Spalding Hoophall Classic SPRINGFIELD, MA - JANUARY 15: Montverde Academy Eagles guard R.J. Barrett (5) during the second half of the Spalding Hoophall Classic high school basketball game between the Montverde Academy Eagles and the Mater Dei Monarchs on January 15, 2018, at the Blake Arena in Springfield, MA .(Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: JAN 15 Spalding Hoophall Classic SPRINGFIELD, MA – JANUARY 15: Montverde Academy Eagles guard R.J. Barrett (5) during the second half of the Spalding Hoophall Classic high school basketball game between the Montverde Academy Eagles and the Mater Dei Monarchs on January 15, 2018, at the Blake Arena in Springfield, MA .(Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The top rated prospect in the entire class signed his LOI with Duke and it was a huge get. Already regarded as the most pro ready teenager, Barrett will have a season to shine under Coach K and follow many fellow Blue Devils to NBA stardom. Duke have a star studded class, including another player who makes my list, that has all the makings of a NCAA tournament winning side if they can come together and play as one team. Barrett is a freak and his highlight tape alone will have you ready to watch Duke take the court this season. He is regarded as a perfect 100 recruit on 24/7 Sports. That’s some high praise. He has incredible court vision, strength, and can shoot a nice jumper. Coach K and staff will be ready to have Barrett on court as soon as possible.

Bol Bol: University of Oregon

Pos: C     Height: 7’2     Weight: 230 lbs

Basketball - The Jordan Brand Classic 2018 NEW YORK, NEW YORK - April 08: Bol Bol #1 Findlay Prep, Henderson, NV during the Jordan Brand Classic, National Boys Teams All-Star basketball game. The Jordan Brand Classic showcases the best male and female high school basketball players who compete in the exhibition games at the The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York on April 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)
Basketball – The Jordan Brand Classic 2018 NEW YORK, NEW YORK – April 08: Bol Bol #1 Findlay Prep, Henderson, NV during the Jordan Brand Classic, National Boys Teams All-Star basketball game. The Jordan Brand Classic showcases the best male and female high school basketball players who compete in the exhibition games at the The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York on April 08, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

The son of legendary giant, Manut Bol, Bol Bol boasts an impressive resume of his own. Leading the way as of one of the most highly touted recruits in the country, Bol Bol could have gone to any school he wanted. He played on EYBL circuit with Nike and teamed up with good friend Shreef O’Neal (Shaq’s son), who will be attending UCLA in the fall. With a few games guaranteed against each other, it will be fun to watch the potential first round picks face off. Bol Bol landing with Oregon gives everyone on the east coast more of a reason to watch PAC-12 After Dark.

Zion Williamson: Duke University

Pos: SF/PF     Height: 6’6     Weight: 275 lbs

Spartanburg Day School Zion Williamson High School Basketball: Portrait of Spartanburg HS Zion Williamson (12) posing in dunk action during photo shoot at Spartanburg Day School. Spartanburg, SC 8/1/2017 CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI963 TK1 )
Spartanburg Day School Zion Williamson High School Basketball: Portrait of Spartanburg HS Zion Williamson (12) posing in dunk action during photo shoot at Spartanburg Day School. Spartanburg, SC 8/1/2017 CREDIT: Simon Bruty (Photo by Simon Bruty /Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) (Set Number: SI963 TK1 )

It wouldn’t be a list about players to watch without including Internet sensation, Zion Williamson. Zion took the world by storm with his incredible athleticism and monstrous dunks. Due to the development of his jump shot and his raw potential, Zion looks to be a steal for Duke and Coach K this fall. Zion will surely be a one and done player with scouts already salivating at what might be with this kid. With a year under Coach K and his talented class joining him, Zion could be set for a huge year. Stay tuned for the Top 10 each night after this kid plays. Just because I am a nice guy, here’s a link to some ridiculous dunks from Zion to remind you of how athletic this kid is.

I know, I know. I am sure I missed some player who you were looking to read about, but don’t worry, this is just a way-too-early list for player to watch. Stay tuned this season on Meet Me In The Middle as we will cover College Basketball, the NBA Draft, and more big news out of college basketball this season. Zander is a big IU fan and I live and breath Ole Miss so it will be a fun year to watch both the Big Ten and the SEC, especially this fall.

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